Senior Judge Michael J. Cuzzo
Senior Judge Michael J. Cuzzo


Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from Oct. 25, 2023, to June 30, 2025.


Elected in 2010, 2016, and 2022. Retired on Oct. 2, 2023.


J.D. – University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, 1983

B.S. – University of Minnesota-Duluth, magna cum laude, 1980

Duluth Denfeld High School, 1976


Judge, Sixth Judicial District, 2011-Oct. 2, 2023.

Cuzzo & Envall, P.A. (formerly Cuzzo, Bradt & Envall)

Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum, McCoy & Carey, Ltd., Attorney

Petersen, Sage & Cuzzo (formerly Gruesen, Petersen & Sage)

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota State Bar Association

Sixth Judicial District Administrative Committee and Children’s Justice Initiative Committee

Lake/Cook County Children’s Justice Initiative Committee

Duluth Trial Lawyers Association (past president and member)

Minnesota Association for Justice (past member)

Professional and Community Activities (past and present):

High School and College Mock Trial Coach and Judge

Frequent speaker at Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Programs

Guest Lecturer at High Schools and Colleges

Duluth Area YMCA – Board of Directors, Chair of Day Camp Committee, Child Mentor through YMCA’s Mentor Duluth Program, Y’s Service Club

Family of God Lutheran Church – Church Council member, Team Leader and Speaker for Church Discovery Weekend

Volunteer Attorney Program

Men’s Downtown Bible Study (Founding Member)

Volunteer Coach – soccer and little league

Duluth Community Chaplaincy – Board of Directors (past chair)

Community Bible Study (Group Leader)

Additional Information:

Judge Cuzzo loves time at home and at “the lake” with his family, is a pretty good fisherman, and loves hunting, camping, and anything outdoors. He also loves listening to live music, especially the blues.